Nearly 1 million people in Haiti are amputees or have disabilities. Dealing with severe poverty and joblessness, these individuals experience the worst living conditions. The Haitian Amputee National Team visited StationSoccer - Five Points and StationSoccer - West End to commemorate the UN Day for Persons with Disabilities.
In today’s world, the job market continues to tighten. And that tightening means that there are fewer opportunities for jobs for teenagers.
But there is a solution for Soccer in the Streets teenagers that keep them close to the game by teaching them to officiate. What better way to use their knowledge of the sport, learn life skills and make a few dollars from game fees?
The growth of Soccer in the Streets programming continues and with it grows the need for certified officials – right down to the youngest levels of participation and small-sided matches. Thus, the program has taken root from the Clarkston refugee program to the College Park community program and to date, 38 young adults have been screened, trained and are now certified US Soccer referees.
StationSoccer celebrated its two year anniversary on October 27th! Since the grand opening of Five Points in 2016 StationSoccer has seen thousands of visitors both players and spectators from across the world. It has also been covered by multiple media outlets and won local, national and global awards for soccer, design and innovation.
On October 7th, Soccer in the Streets presented the Community Champion Award and Napolitano Award at end of year gala, Black Tie 2018 soccer game to Joel Apudo and Ehlahd Israel. These two award-winning leaders are dedicated to building and teaching the beautiful game. These dedicated leaders work to empower the lives of the youth in the program and in the metro Atlanta communities they serve.
The Westside community of Atlanta came together for the “Day of Sport” on September 29th held at the Home Depot Backyard at Mercedes Benz Stadium. The event was staged by the Laureus USA Foundation a nonprofit organization that shares the vision of sport as a force for positive change. Hundreds of kids from the Westside participated in a wide variety of sporting activities from lacrosse to golf and of course soccer.
On Sunday, October 7th, Soccer in the Streets held the Black Tie Soccer Game 2018 presented by Creature Comforts. Soccer in the Streets’ end of year gala hosted family and friends. Instead of the standard banquet dinner, the participants dressed up and play soccer to raise money in support of social impact soccer initiatives benefiting thousands of underserved children in the metro Atlanta area.
Black Tie Soccer Game 2018 photos presented by Creature Comforts and Soccer in the Streets at the StationSoccer- West End Fields! Thanks to Dave Williams for the photos!
Soccer in the Streets, a not-for-profit that empowers underserved youth through sports-based training, character development, mentoring, and employability programs, has been selected as a grantee in the Aetna Foundation Cultivating Healthy Communities program and was awarded a grant to assist in the continued expansion of Soccer in the Streets programs at StationSoccer locations that bring the game of soccer to underserved youth in Atlanta.
ATLANTA (Sept. 26, 2018) - On Sunday, Sept. 23rd, over 200 people attended the inaugural Corporate Cup 2018, Soccer in the Streets' fundraising tournament that supports metro Atlanta's youth. The event - hosted at Grady Stadium and with the participation of eight corporate teams - was won by Team AT&T as they competed against squads from Home Depot, Deloitte, Alston & Bird, Microsoft, Salesforce, IHG and BakerHostetler. The tournament raised over $62,000
Corporate Cup 2018 Photos at Grady Stadium. The event - hosted at Grady Stadium and with the participation of eight corporate teams - was won by Team AT&T as they competed against squads from Home Depot, Deloitte, Alston & Bird, Microsoft, Salesforce, IHG and BakerHostetler. The tournament raised over $62,000.
ATLANTA, GA (Sept. 25, 2018) –Atlanta Sport and Social Club (ASSC), the City’s largest adult sports league provider, announced today a new partnership with Soccer in the Streets, a not-for-profit that empowers underserved youth through sports-based training, character development, mentoring, and employability programs, to raise $50,000 in support of underserved youth sports-based programs in metro Atlanta.
Photos from Saturday, September 8th. West End MARTA Station
Opportunity knocked for the Soccer in the Streets Lifeworks youth program in July. With the MLS All-Star Game being staged in Atlanta, there was a need for volunteers to operate the many planned events throughout the city. It was an opportunity that the program – and teens – couldn’t pass up.
Working with MLS employees and Striking Marketing, the Soccer in the Streets teens were given the opportunity to officiate the celebrity soccer games, work the event booths getting waivers signed or giving out All-Star swag, as well as working the large crowds and part of the mobile marketing team.
Next stop, MARTA’s West End station.
Two brand new FieldTurf pitches. And, LED lights, lighting so that games and players can go long into the night.
Soccer in the Streets is the engine behind the second field installation adjacent to a MARTA station -- the first field opened at the Five Points station in October 2016. The concept is to enable urban youngsters (ages 6 to 18) to play on the 99-by-66 foot artificial turf fields free of charge, with fees from players in adult leagues partly financing the project.
Soccer in the Streets announces the expansion of the new Station Soccer- West End. Since opening in October 2016, Station Soccer - MARTA Five Points has hosted more than 2,000 soccer players from Metro Atlanta, as well as the United States, and the world. These players represent every creed and color, united by a common love for soccer.
ATLANTA (August 15, 2018) – The Atlanta United Foundation and the City of Atlanta, through its Department of Planning and Design, today announced an official collaboration with Soccer in the Streets and MARTA to expand Station Soccer, the world's first network of soccer fields inside the perimeter of major transit stations.
For Joel Apudo, being a coach and mentor with Soccer in the Streets is like working for Santa Claus. No … he isn’t taking gift requests for Christmas, but each minute he spends on soccer fields in and around Atlanta brings the satisfaction that can only come from the wide smiles on the faces of budding soccer players.
Last Fall, Clarkston FC finished undefeated to claim the State Division II Championship, earning their first berth at the highest level in their division. As a once in a lifetime experience, these players were granted an opportunity to represent Clarkston, a community in Atlanta, GA. Unlike other high-priced soccer clubs, these players had to earn their way to the Regionals Tournament.
ATLANTA (June 4, 2018) – The Eighth Annual Soccer in the Streets Champions League event was held on Sunday, June 3 at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground and the home side – Atlanta United – gained revenge by defeating the Manchester United side in a rematch of last year’s championship match-up. However, the main goal of the event was raising funds to bring soccer to lower income communities while leveling the playing field for children regardless of socioeconomic status.
Soccer in the Streets, an Atlanta based youth development nonprofit, and CEMEX, a global leader in the building materials industry, arrived at East Point to support a social impact soccer program.
The event was designed to raise awareness for the need of social impact programming for kids from underserved communities and bringing the people of East Point together around a common cause for good.